My favorite thing about teaching at Keene State is the students. I've found them to be excited and hungry to learn as we explore new photography concepts in the classroom. I've worked with a number of them while they are at KSC and have kept in touch with some after they have graduated from the program.
I want my students to feel empowered—confident in their personal visions—and to know how to ask questions of the world around them. For example, I worked with Jennifer Tremblay during the 2010–11 academic year and helped her prepare her applications for graduate school. She is currently working toward an MFA at James Madison University in Virginia. I see her at all of our national conferences for photography (Society for Photographic Education) and have watched her blossom into a working artist.
Jonathan Gitelson earned a BA in literature and photography from Marlboro College in 1997 and a MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2004.
Jonathan’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and is in the permanent collection of numerous institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the Albert and Victoria Museum in London. He is the recipient of numerous grants, including the College Art Association’s Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellowship and the Puffin Foundation Fellowship.
As an artist, Jonathan works in a variety of mediums that include photography, artist books, video, installation, web-based projects, and public art. His work was recently featured in the exhibitions: “artists tell stories (mostly about themselves)” at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the “2012 deCordova Biennial” at the deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA.